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Old 07-20-2008, 03:13 PM   #1
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I made this last night it it came out AWESOME!

BRISKET STEP BY STEP

Shop, Trim, Marinate, Inject, Rub, Smoke, Rest. Carve. Serve.

Shop:

Purchase a "packer cut" whole brisket, Choice or CAB if possible. At the
very least try to get better than Select grade. If you've got a selection
available to you try to buy between 9 and 11 lbs, with white fat, as marbled
and pliable as possible. (After cooking, anticipate 40% waste of untrimmed
weight.)

Trim:
(10 minutes)

If you've got a butcher you trust have him trim the fat cap to 1/8" to 1/4",
but tell him not to trim down to red meat. If you're reasonably proficient
with a large knife go ahead and trim yourself. Try and leave the thinnest
possible, but fully intact fat cap. If that sounds like it might be too
difficult, forget the trimming.

Marinate:
(30 minutes - 24 hours)

In a pan just large enough to hold the brisket, make a marinade of 3 tbs
each of red wine, Worcestershire sauce and extra virgin olive oil. Slosh the
brisket around in the marinade, making sure all surfaces are moistened.
Allow the brisket to marinate at least 1/2 an hour at room temperature, or
as long as overnight in the refrigerator. During that time the marinade will
mix with the beef juices and partially coagulate into a syrup. This is
desirable. Turn the brisket over occasionally during the marinade period.

Inject:
(45 minutes)

1 cup beef stock or broth
1 cup wine
6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
4 tbs salted butter, very cold, cut into 4 pieces.

Reduce the stock by half. Add the wine and garlic. Reduce by half again.
Strain through a tea strainer or cheesecloth to remove any solids that might
clog your injector's needle, return to heat, bring to a simmer and remove
from heat. Add the butter 1 tbs at a time, whisking each piece in just as
the previous piece has melted from the residual heat. Mixture may thicken
as the butter forms an emulsion.

Fill an injecting syringe with the mixture and inject the brisket. Make many
small injections, rather than a few small ones, as large injections will
puddle rather than disperse. No matter how careful you are when you inject,
the injecting fluid will squirt out from the meat in totally unexpected
places. Hilarious but messy. Less clean up, if you clear a large area on
your counter and work in a large sheet pan.

Rub:
(15 minutes)

1/2 cup Morton Kosher salt
1/4 cup sweet paprika
3 tbs coarsely fresh ground black pepper
2 tbs smoked paprika, or mild chili powder, or 1 tbs ground chipotle chili
1 tbs granulated garlic
1 tbs granulated onion
1/2 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp dried thyme

Mix all thoroughly. Remove the brisket from the marinade. Pour a little
extra virgin olive oil on it and spread it to cover. Cover the brisket
generously with the rub. If the fat cap is untrimmed, don't bother using rub
on that side.


Smoke:
(9 to 14 hours) Depending on smoker/cooking unit

Prepare your smoker to run between 225 and 275. I prefer 250, but your
relationship with your smoker is what it is, and it will do what it will do.
Don't make yourself nuts by trying to make it do something that's too much
trouble for you.

When the smoker is prepped, place brisket in the cooking chamber, fat side
down. If you have one, insert the probe from a digital thermometer to keep
track of internal temperatures.

Smoke over red oak if possible, but nearly any of the usual smoke woods will
turn out well.

Do not open cook chamber door for three hours. After three hours, flip the
brisket over fat side up. If your cooker runs uneven temps from side to
side, rotate the meat as well.

Figure total cook time according to average chamber temperature and weight
of brisket. 225 deg - ~1.50hrs/lb. 275 deg - 1.25 hrs/lb or a bit less. Stop
adding smoke wood chunks or chips at one half of estimated time or when meat
reaches internal temperature of 145, whichever comes first. If you're burning
sticks or logs for heat, don't worry about it. You're cool.

Some like to wrap when the meat hits 150. If not sure whether or not you
should, you probably should. If so, wrap in aluminum foil. Before sealing
packet add a little bit of the injection mix to the pack plus a rough
chopped onion. Return the brisket to your
'cue.

When the brisket hits an internal temperature of 185, remove the wrap and
return the brisket to the smoker, continue cooking until brisket reaches an
internal temperature of 195.

It's likely that during the cooking process, somewhere above 150, continuing
until up to 185, the internal temperature increase will slow or stop. This
is called "the stall." It's common with whole butts or picnics and almost
universal with brisket. It's normal. Don't worry about, be patient.
Temperatures will rise.

Wrap:
(5 minutes)

When brisket reaches 195 (or 190 if it's still stalling) remove it from the
cooker, wrap it in saran wrap (not aluminum foil) and set it in an insulated
cooler just large enough to hold it. Pack the cooler with wadded newspaper
to fill the remaining air space. Cover the cooler and make sure the cover is
closed.

Rest:
(2 - 6 hours)

Rest for at least 2 hours, and up to 6. The extended rest is part of the
cooking process. Don't shortcut it.

Carve:
(20 minutes)

Separate the point from the flat. If you have a substantial fat cap, trim
it. If the flat splits into two pieces with a layer of fat between them,
separate the pieces and completely remove the fat. Cut one of the flats in
half, cutting against the grain. Carve an interior piece, about 1/4" thick
and taste it. If it wants to fall apart or is very, very tender you'll be
carving thick slices. If it's tough, you'll be carving thinner slices. 1/4"
is usually just right.

Carve the flat into slices between 1/8" and 1/2" thick, depending on
tenderness. Always cut across the grain. If you're good with a knife, try a
20 degree bias to get some width.

Carve the point into slices as well. Plan on carving the slices roughly
twice as thick as the slices you took from the flat. (The point may be so
tender it falls into chunks. If so, mix the chunks with hot barbecue sauce
and serve on buns as "sloppy joes." REAL SLOPPY JOES by the way. The point
is substantially fatter than the flat.) Some people prefer the point, some
the flat, some a mix.

Serve: Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Serve with your preferred tomato based barbecue sauce. Texas, Memphis, Cajun
and Kansas City styles are good. Beef and Carolina style sauces are not good
partners.


Enjoy

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Old 07-21-2008, 12:40 PM   #2
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Thank you. That's the most detailed recipe I've seen for brisket. My Green Egg can hold the right temps for the right time and I can't wait to give this a try.
Thanks again for all your effort.
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:57 PM   #3
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Thank you. That's the most detailed recipe I've seen for brisket. My Green Egg can hold the right temps for the right time and I can't wait to give this a try.
Thanks again for all your effort.
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I'd like to take credit for all the work but this is a copy and paste from a website I found.

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Old 07-23-2008, 04:43 PM   #4
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I'd like to take credit for all the work but this is a copy and paste from a website I found.

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You still get credit for posting it. Thanks
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:29 AM   #5
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Looks like a real good reciepe. There is the final temperature of 190 % that seems a little high to me. This will certianly make it completly done. And it is so tender at that temp that when you try to cut it, it comes apart like pulled pork. It just depends on how well done you prefer your meat. 180% would be plenty good enough for myself.

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Bump six years later!
I have never had the courage to try smoking a brisket because I have heard it is one of the toughest cuts of meat to get right. But I keep seeing photos of sliced brisket with a nice bark and smoke rind and it is driving me to the edge of lunacy. Must try it!
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Old 06-08-2014, 03:42 PM   #7
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Buy a green mountain grill and follow their recipe.
I've done a dozen or so in the 4 years I've owned it.
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:18 PM   #8
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pretty close to how I do em
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:34 AM   #9
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I'm going to do a small flat real soon.
Probably on the 22.5 kettle.

Simple Texas rub of salt, pepper and maybe some granulated garlic.
Worcestershire for "glue".

Paper wrap at 160-165
Start probing for tender at around 195
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Old 06-22-2014, 04:53 PM   #10
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I'm going to do a small flat real soon.
Probably on the 22.5 kettle.

Simple Texas rub of salt, pepper and maybe some granulated garlic.
Worcestershire for "glue".

Paper wrap at 160-165
Start probing for tender at around 195
Had a hard time getting internal temp above 180.
Finally it took off and turned out OK (actually pretty good), but not picture-worthy.
Next time I might try the HH method for a small, half flat such as what I did.
I ended up cranking the grate temp to get the internal temp to move.

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Had a hard time getting internal temp above 180.

Finally it took off and turned out OK (actually pretty good), but not picture-worthy.

Next time I might try the HH method for a small, half flat such as what I did.

I ended up cranking the grate temp to get the internal temp to move.



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Lucky you... Don't you hate that second plateau? How long was your plateau around 160?
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:25 PM   #12
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Lucky you... Don't you hate that second plateau? How long was your plateau around 160?
Somewhere a bit more than a 1/2 hour.
But that second stall drove me nuts....had to push up over 300 to get it to move.

Brisket is definitely king of BBQ meats.
The cook has his "fingerprints" all over it.
Like the winemaker's Chardonnay.
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Somewhere a bit more than a 1/2 hour.

But that second stall drove me nuts....had to push up over 300 to get it to move.



Brisket is definitely king of BBQ meats.

The cook has his "fingerprints" all over it.

Like the winemaker's Chardonnay.

The brisket drives me nuts. I have had them cook in 6 hours and a similar brisket take 18 hours. Then for what ever reason you will get that one that turns into shredded beef.

But it is a labor of love I just plan on cooking brisket for parties.
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:49 PM   #14
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Brisket is just as much attitude as it BBQ or Smoked Meat. I've been to a gazillion BBQs serving brisket (hey, the U.S. Gov't says I'm and old fart, so I've had the time). The featured recipe is one to try--I'm gonna! B U T if you're just a small family cook, maybe even an empty nester, and you don't have an elaborate smoker, or maybe even a BBQ you can easily enjoy flavorful brisket.

The local supermarket can supply a brisket--probably in the meat case--of about 4 - 7 pounds (you aren't trying to feed all of your office mates, just your family.

It's simple: Lay out two sheets of Heavy Duty aluminum foil--90 degrees to each other--that will wrap the brisket you bought and seal it TIGHTLY. Lightly rub olive oil all over the surface you're looking at and cover it well with your rub (we'll get to what is in the rub in a second).

Oh, you did start pre-heating your oven at 325 before you started this, right. Glad you're thinking ahead.

Flip your brisket over and do the same thing to the other side. You remembered to trim the fat to about 1/4 inch and the fat side is up when you're through, right. Good. Now you seal up the foil--SEAL IT! Turn it ninety degrees and seal it again--you don't want the juices running out of the package.

Put the package of rubbed and sealed brisket into a baking pan or on a jellyroll pan and stick into the preheated oven for 5-6 hours. If you like BBQ sauce on your meat you can open the package for about a half hour extra and cover with sauce. Otherwise, serve the sauce on the side.

RUBS

A rub is nothing more than a combination of dry spices (they store very well in well sealed jars) that you sprinkle or rub into meat that you're going to cook. If your favorite BBQ place sells the rub you like spend a few bucks and forget the hassle. If you haven't found a combo of spices that light your fire experiment--add some extra of this or not as much as that....You get the picture. By the way, most rubs add flavor to ALL meats. Go L I G H T L Y on fish until you know you like the flavor. It's easy to add, but a bummer to try and subtract.

Here a couple rub recipes to get you started if you don't already have one you like. (Ever try teaching a course to PHd candidates you had to treat like freshman?)

1 cup brown sugar
5 Tbsp Kosher salt
5 Tbsp Garlic Powder
5 Tbsp Mustard Powder
2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
5 Tbsp Paprika
5 Tbsp Chile powder
5 Tbsp Ground Red Pepper
Fresh ground pepper to taste

ALL spices to taste--I have to leave out the red pepper and cut the chilie powder to less than one tbsp of chile powder or my bride (over 45 years) can't eat it. ADJUST where you need or want to. Does anyone really need all that salt?

Another Rub:

2 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp salt
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
2 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp red pepper
2 tbsp salt


Hope this helps. Most of all, ENJOY
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Never heard of wrapping at the front end of the cook.
Don't know how you'd ever get a good bark and smoke ring like that.
I had beautiful bark, tender, faint smoke ring but a wee bit dry.
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Never heard of wrapping at the front end of the cook.
Don't know how you'd ever get a good bark and smoke ring like that.
I had beautiful bark, tender, faint smoke ring but a wee bit dry.
He's cooking in a kitchen oven, trying to keep it moist. And he will never get a smoke ring without smoking it, but I bet it tastes real nice. Not everybody has a $500 BBQ/Smoker.
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He's cooking in a kitchen oven, trying to keep it moist. And he will never get a smoke ring without smoking it, but I bet it tastes real nice. Not everybody has a $500 BBQ/Smoker.
An inexpensive Weber kettle would do nicely.
I did a low-n-slow on some short ribs yesterday on mine and got a wicked nice smoke ring.
You can't taste the smoke ring, but it looks cool.
I think I'm on board when the pros say that smoke ring is not the result of smoke, per se.
More of a function of temps and moisture.
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I tend to eat me meat and not spend a lot of time looking at it. Flavor over looks any day.
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My son in law came home with a 12lb cash n carry Brisket so I had to figure out how to cook it on the Treager. Started at midnight so my daughter could eat before her shift at 7pm. Used the process from the gmg site with a rub that sounded good. 18 hours from trim to eat, but it was worth it


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That looks just great!
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I like to rub them the day before. Then smoke them 15 to 18 hours. But the next step is the magic. Once smoked, wrap it tightly in foil and put it in the oven at 275 for 3 hours or so. That moist environment will bring the final temp up and result in awesome tenderness.

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Thanks jlg. It was sooo good! I'll be watching this thread for more ideas and just like the Mississippi Pot Roast, I'll be doing another one soon. I'll edit my previous post with the recipe and process.
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Threads like this really make me miss my Traeger.
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Old 09-29-2019, 11:28 PM   #24
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Gave ribs a try this weekend. Started at 10 and finished at 5. Rub was a little salty, but purty dang good. I find most things are better/smoother when re-heated day 2. One thing for sure... low and slow makes everything but the bone delicious.

This was the Treager 3-2-1 recipe with a complex rub I found on the internet, and KC Masterpiece sauce. Mmmmm good, but i think keep it simple next time... I like to taste more of the pork over the spices. Kids eat out a lot and said they were the best they'd ever had... maybe just cause dad made em

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